Azar hearing set for Tuesday

Thursday, January 4, 2018

WASHINGTON – The confirmation hearing for Health and Human Services Secretary nominee Alex Azar will be held before the Senate Finance Committee Jan. 9.

President Trump nominated Azar, a former pharma exec and chairman and founder of Seraphim Strategies, which provides strategic consulting and counsel on biopharmaceutical and health insurance industries, in November.

In addition to the hearing, Azar has been meeting with committee members in their offices this week, according to The VGM Group, which urges HME providers with members on the Senate Finance Committee to contact them with questions for Azar, including:

whether he believes the competitive bidding program threatens the ability for Medicare beneficiaries to access medical equipment, and, if so, how would you address this issue if confirmed as HHS Secretary;

whether he would work with the Office of Management and Budget to get a competitive bidding related interim final rule approved quickly and tell CMS to freeze reimbursement cuts for HME providers until beneficiary impact can be studied;

and what he would do address the broken Medicare audit system.

The hearing can be viewed live here starting at 10 a.m., ET.